Deuces Wild Video Poker Strategy

Deuces Wild is a complex form of video poker where the correct strategy is difficult to master but can yield a return of 100.76% if played perfectly on a machine offering full pay, or a 9-5 payout according to the pay schedule (9 coins for each coin bet for a straight flush and 5 coins for each coin bet for four-of-a-kind)

Full Pay Deuces Wild is what video poker experts would call the machine described in the opening paragraph above. This is a game that returns over 100% with perfect play, but one that can eat up the bankroll of a novice player. On average, it takes 5000 hands of play to produce four deuces, which is the second highest jackpot next to the Royal Flush. If you are going to be successful at this game, you need to be around long enough to hit the four deuces. Decisions are tricky and mistakes can be expensive.

The following web page details the Correct Strategy for Deuces Wild Video Poker. A good idea before venturing to a casino with your new found knowledge is to print out this strategy and practice it on our free no download full pay Deuces Wild Video Poker Game and you will improve your odds of winning when you play for real money. Remember practice is the key to mastery.

Full Pay Deuces Wild Video Poker Strategy

Note: In this variation of video poker, it is often necessary to discard all five cards of your initially dealt hand. This allows the player to draw a made hand (which happens much more frequently in this game than in Jacks or Better due to the four wild cards.)

  • If you are dealt
  • A hand containing four deuces, keep all five cards
  • In any hand containing three deuces, keep any Wild Royal Flush, any Five-of-a-Kind where the five cards are tens through Aces, otherwise, hold the three deuces and draw
  • In any hand containing two deuces, hold any four-of-a-kind hand, any four cards to the Royal Flush or any four card open-ended Straight Flush (Note: Here you DO NOT draw to the inside Straight Flush because you lose the opportunity to draw for the four deuces), otherwise hold just the two deuces and draw
  • In any hand containing one deuce, hold all made hands except always draw to four card Royal Flushes and four card Straight Flushes, including inside Straight Flush draws (Note: Since we have four wild cards, inside Straight and Straight Flush draws are usually correct in Deuces Wild, except when there is a good draw to the four deuces), In non-made hands, hold three cards to the Royal, any two high suited cards along with the deuce or any three card Straight Flush, otherwise just hold the deuce and draw
  • In any hand containing zero deuces, hold all made hands except always draw to a four card Royal, three card Straight Flush, three card Royal Flush (unless it's already a Straight Flush or Four of a Kind). If your hand is two-pair, simply keep either of the two pairs and draw (since you need three-of-a-kind to get paid), hold four cards to any Flush or Straight (including inside Straights), hold two cards to the Royal, otherwise discard all five cards of your original hand


  • In Deuces Wild Video Poker, you will never hold a single card unless it's a deuce
  • You will never hold two cards unless they are either a pair, two deuces or a two card Royal Flush draw
  • Never hold any additional card when drawing to three deuces
  • When holding three cards, they must be three deuces, three to the Royal, three to a Straight Flush or three-of-a-kind

The final four summary points above should provide a quick reference for all of your drawing decisions. Refer to this strategy often while playing, especially if you are a beginner or you are used to other variations of video poker.

As you can see, Deuces Wild is a video poker game that requires some significant strategy changes from other, more popular forms of video poker. Our last piece of advice is to practice, practice, practice. We have provide a free full-pay deuces wild machine for you to try out the strategy presented above. Visit our free video poker games page.

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